Italian Army Grows Low Cost Cannabis
File this under the times they are a changin’:
According to the BBC, the Italian army is cultivating cannabis. Medical marijuana is legal in the country. The military is set up to grow about 220 pounds a year for patients. The BBC explains,
While Italian doctors can legally prescribe the drug, the cost isn’t covered by the state. It is often prohibitively expensive for patients to buy it legally at pharmacies, something ministers want to change. At the moment medical marijuana is imported from abroad – primarily from the Netherlands – and costs up to 35 euros per gram. “We’re aiming to lower the price to under 15 euros, maybe even around 5 euros per gram,” says Col Medica. Private cannabis cultivation remains illegal in Italy, and selling the drug is also against the law.
The hope is that these pounds will keep patients from patronizing black market growers.